Mario Kart 64 Japan

Mario Kart 64 (マリオカート64 Mario Kāto Rokujūyon?) is a 1996 go-kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was the successor to Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and is the second game in the Mario Kart series. It was released first in Japan on December 14, 1996, and in North America and Europe in 1997. In January 2007, Mario Kart 64 was released as a downloadable Virtual Console title on the Wii.

Changes from the original include the move to polygon-based true 3D computer graphics for track design, and the inclusion of four-player support. Players take control of characters from the Mario universe, who race around a variety of tracks with items that can either harm opponents or aid the user. The move to three-dimensional graphics allowed for track features not possible with the original game's Mode 7 graphics, such as changes in elevation, bridges, walls, and pits. However, the characters and items remained 2D pre-rendered sprites.

The game was critically well received and was a best-seller.


Image Character  Jap USA
Mario MK 64 Mario Charles Martinet
Luigi MK 64 Luigi Julien Bardakoff Charles Martinet
Princess Peach MK 64 Princess Peach Asako Kozuki Leslie Swan
Toad MK 64 Toad Tomoko Maruno Isaac Marshall
Yoshi MK 64 Yoshi N/A
Donkey Kong MK 64 Donkey Kong
Wario MK 64 Wario Thomas Spindler Charles Martinet
Bowser MK 64 Bowser N/A
Mario Kart 64 Title Narrator John Hulaton Charles Martinet